June 17th, 2008
11:13 PM ET

Michelle Obama.. fashion IT girl.. hits the town

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Jessica Yellin
CNN Congressional Correspondent

In her stump speech, Michelle Obama often says that America is not yet where it needs to be. “We are still a nation that’s too divided. We live in isolation and because of that isolation we fear one another,” she explains. She says her husband will help us come together.

Seems she’s ready to help.

In what could be a valiant effort to bridge those divides, Michelle Obama is going where few mortals venture: New York high society.

At two fundraisers tonight she rubs elbows with le tout monde New York – the types whose names are often in print, always in bold. These include hosts Calvin Klein, the fashion designer; Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue; and Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Editor-at-large and darling of the haute couture set. (You’ll often find him in an oversized fur coat surrounded by emaciated celebrities).


Filed under: Jessica Yellin • Michelle Obama • Raw Politics
June 17th, 2008
09:32 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/17/08

Anderson is back.

Tonight, a wall of water with no place to go but down the Mississippi and only about two dozen levees along the way to contain it. Each and every one of them is in danger of giving way like the one near Gulfport, Illinois did today. Dan Simon is there with the latest.

Randi Kaye has an up close look at Michelle Obama’s image makeover. Does she have what it takes to be a first lady? What impact will she have on the campaign?

Dana Bash is on the trail today with a look at the fight between McCain and Obama over energy and the war on terror. Who won? We’ll find out from the best political team on television.

Erica Hill has an update on story we brought you last week. It’s about Samuel Israel, a hedge fund manager, convicted of defrauding investors out of nearly 500 million dollars. He was supposed to start a 20-year prison sentence last week but he never showed up, though his car was found abandoned on a bridge with the words “suicide is painless” scrawled on the side. Authorities weren't sure if he killed himself or went on the run. Tonight, they have their answer.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica out on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
June 17th, 2008
04:48 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: From terror to triumph

Erica Hill
360 Correspondent

A two-year-old boy left at Wal-Mart with a note pinned to him… saying his mother could no longer take care of him. As upsetting as this a story is, part of me is thankful that at least his mother – or whoever wrote that note – left him in a place where someone would find him, rather than abandoning in him on the side of the road.

When it comes to animal cruelty, I can’t stay quiet. Dog-fighting, cock-fighting, whatever it’s called, these are not “sports.” They are death matches and some of the most inhumane, cruel behavior I can imagine. For me, there is never an excuse to entice animals to maul and even kill one another. To think there are so many people who believe this is OK is just as upsetting.

One of the men connected to Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring is going to prison.  FULL POST

Filed under: Erica Hill
June 17th, 2008
03:30 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/17/08

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It's time for 'Beat 360°!'

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic of the day:
Sen. Barack Obama, embraces former Vice President Al Gore after being endorsed by Gore at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Monday.

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Filed under: Beat 360°
June 17th, 2008
11:54 AM ET

The candidates and a mother-in-law... in waiting

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Candy Crowley
Senior Political Correspondent

Hands up please if you were surprised that Al Gore endorsed Barrack Obama………………………oh sorry, just dozed off in the excitement of it all.

…but dear reader, didn’t we just love all the ensuing chatter about Gore as Obama’s vice-presidential choice? Let us ponder this notion.

Southerner (well, he lived in Tenn.) , foreign policy experience, born and raised in Washington to become the ultimate insider, Congress, Senate, Vice Presidency…

So Gore would would bring heft to the ticket cuz he knows stuff - without the stink of actually being an insider because he’s been pretty much out of the game for 8 years (we shall ignore his Howard Dean endorsement in 2004).

The party sees him as a senior statesman…a guy whose reputation has turned platinum over the years…a guy many democrats think was robbed of the presidency in 2000. And he wouldn’t need direction to the men’s room. He was vice president for 8 years.

So you can hear the Obama Hierarchy saying - SIGN THAT GUY UP.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley • Raw Politics
June 17th, 2008
11:49 AM ET

Anderson's View: Reporter's Notebook

Anderson Cooper in Cameroon

Anderson is on assignment for Planet In Peril: Battle lines following a team determined to stop the next deadly virus before it gets out of the jungle. Watch his Reporter's Notebook from Africa where he shows us some of the most poignant pictures from his trip and what they mean to him.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Planet in Peril
June 17th, 2008
11:42 AM ET

The Shot: On-location bloopers

Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta have not-for-air moments in Africa while shooting Planet in Peril Part 2.

Filed under: Planet in Peril • The Shot
June 17th, 2008
10:38 AM ET

An analysis of who Obama won't pick for his vice president

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Marisa Treviño
Latina Lista

The question of who will eventually be Barack Obama's running mate is much more of a nail-biter than John McCain's choice.


Because of an issue that has reared its ugly head and has shown us that even though we live in the 21st Century, we are still not without prejudice when it comes to choosing a Dream Ticket.

On the CNN political news site, there is a page devoted to possible Democratic vice presidential candidates. The list was culled, according to the site's editors, from names mentioned in various published articles.

The group is comprised of governors, senators, mayors, former military officers and cabinet post holders. In total, the site considers 29 possibilities. Of those 29, there is one Hispanic (New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson) and 5 women.

It's curious to note that there is not one African American or Asian considered a serious nominee...

Read full story...

Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics
June 17th, 2008
06:34 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

It is starting to feel like Hurricane Katrina all over again....38,000 homeless in Iowa, angry people not being allowed back into their homes, 29 counties declared Federal Disaster areas AND doubts arising in the nearly two dozen levees along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Missouri... The latest death toll stands at FIVE...

Local authorities will decide this am if residents of Cedar Rapids can go home...Gary Tuchman profiled a 23 year old woman named Rochelle last week, he was actually in her house as flood water poured in...Gary will hopefully go back home with her to see what is left of her home... While Dan Simon heads down river to Burlington, Iowa. Folks in that region are bracing for what experts predict could be the worst flooding in 15 years...

In politics - it seems all the headlines are taking about Al Gore and his endorsement late last night of Barack Obama... Gore urged Americans to reject what he called the Bush administration's legacy of "incompetence, negligence and failure." "Americans simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four," Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, told Obama supporters at a rally in Detroit, Michigan. Monday marked Gore's debut in the 2008 election; he had not weighed in while Obama was still battling Sen. Hillary Clinton....will it help? Only time will tell...

Lots of chat about the female vote - will Hillary supporters back Barack Obama or John McCain? Candy Crowley takes a look...

AND a little Crime & Punishment update tonight...It turns out Samuel Israel III, a former hedge fund manager convicted of fraud, is ALIVE and ON THE RUN, a week after he staged his suicide on a bridge above New York's Hudson River..."The investigation is solely a fugitive investigation now," said the official who is familiar with the investigation, Randi Kaye gives us the latest...

AND Anderson is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from the African jungles....so tune in tonight for all the top news of the day...

Filed under: The Buzz